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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2011, 08:14:03 PM »
Opened the back up again. There are two copper lines that come down into the evaporator from the back wall. The top line has frost to the point that it's about 1 inch in diameter when it goes into the coils. the front first coil has frost then everything else is clean. Have included a photo. Refrigerator is only 5 yrs old. Thanks.

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2011, 09:42:26 PM »
Sealed system problem, which means either a loss of refrigerant, restriction or bad compressor.  All of these problems are expensive to repair and beyond the abilities of most do-it-yourselfers. It used to be that all fridges had a five year warranty on sealed systems.  I checked your warranty and you only have one year.  Sorry for the bad news.

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2011, 10:26:11 PM »
That looks like a leak to me... please vote!
1 leak
0 restriction
0 Bad/weak compressor
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2011, 07:40:47 AM »
Bummer. Only thing I did after losing power was to move the fridge out a little to unplug it. Should have just tripped the circuit breaker. Is the capacitor on the starter relay only used for starting? It's the only component that I haven't checked. And if it is a leak would there be any visible signs - like discoloration on the copper? Hate to give up, but it sounds like it might be time to move on. Appreciate the help. Wife was right to start with - replace it. Again, Thanks.

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2011, 10:16:45 AM »
the capacitor is a run capacitor and will not affect the compressor but is for energy efficiency. a leak may be unrelated to the power outage..look of signs of oil most likely on the evaporator or drain pan. check around the heater .. hope it helps
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2011, 10:58:39 AM »
Your compressor is a R134a type. You can buy R134a at the dollar store for about $5.
It's the same stuff that goes in your car. Only about one third of a 12 oz can would get that puppy back up to speed I bet. You would mount a saddle valve on the low side to add the freon. Taking care to add it very slowly. When frost is covering all the coils you are done.
Low side should never go above 5 PSI if you had gauges.
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2011, 05:42:54 PM »
That 12 oz can is almost $20 in my zipcode.
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2011, 06:26:28 PM »
Cheap R134A Freon For Your Car 12oz @ Big Lots - $5
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2011, 07:11:33 PM »
Hmmm. Where is the low side? Where would be the easiest to install a saddle valve? I'd probably go pick up gauges to be safe. Thanks. At least I'll know what PSI is in the system.

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2011, 08:37:35 PM »
The smalller steel lines is the high side. The larger copper line is the suction side. That is the side yall would want to attach the saddle valve.
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